is not an exhaustive list of ponyplay interests, it shows how varied and
creative ponyplay can be. Most of the fun and creativity in ponyplay is in
figuring out how to apply techniques and equipment used with real horses to
the human equine.
Ponyplay is a children's game for adults."
- Paul Reed, editor of Equus Eroticus magazine
Equestrian books, while not directly applicable, contain many ideas which
can be incorporated into human ponyplay. Books that members of The Stampede!
have found to be particulary useful are listed in the appropriate sections
- Horse and rider race around an
obstacle course of barrels. They are allowed to touch the barrels but not to
knock them over. For our purposes, cones may be substituted and the horse may
be of either the 2- or 4-legged variety. Winners are determined by speed and
Cart or Carriage Pulling
Cart and carriage pulling is one of the most strenuous and athletic forms of
ponyplay. Cart ponies are hitched to the front of a cart, and made to trot
while pulling their owners along in the cart. Depending on the strength and
stamina of the pony, the cart ride may last anywhere from a few minutes to
over an hour. With the emphasis on stamina and grace, many cart ponies take
up jogging and work out in order to provide the best ride possible.
Cavalletti are a fun exercise for both trainer and pony. A low
obstacle is placed on the course, and the trainer then runs parallel to the
course, leading the pony up to and over the obstacle. The object of the
cavalletti is to gracefully leap over the obstacle. The addition of hobbles
and arm binders makes this exercise challenging for even the most athletic
Draft or Pack Horse
The draft horse focuses on the physical aspects of ponyplay, simulating a
plow horse or working horse. A common play scene for a draft horse is to
be hitched to a heavy log or sledge, and driven by their trainer through an
obstacle course. Often, the horse will be blindfolded to emphasize their
skill in interpreting their trainers' commands. Additional weight is sometimes
added to increase the physical challenge of the game. In contrast with the
cart and show ponies, most draft and pack horses have very utilitarian tack,
preferring to focus on strength and endurance instead of costume and fetish.
New riders are encouraged to learn their horse's gaits and grow
comfortable in the saddle by first riding the horse while it is being lunged.
- Lungeing exercises involve a horse connected to a trainer by a long lead rope. Voice commands and light whipping
are used to teach new gaits to the horse as it walks around the trainer.
Lungeing allows the trainer to concentrate on good form and helps establish a
rapport between the horse and trainer.
An excellent resource for lungeing techniques and exercises is Cherry Hill's 101 Longeing & Long Lining Exercises.
- Polo is best played atop a 2-legged
pony's shoulders. The pony should have well padded shins, and fellow teammates
should wear head protection. Initially, it is best to practice your polo swing
while off your pony!
The following books provide other gaming suggestions:
- Games on Horseback by Betty Bennett-Talbot and Steve Bennet
- The Practical Rider's Handbook by Debbie Sly
- Race riding offers the best
opportunity to experience the full power and speed that a human equine can
provide. Simple races such as point-to-point or timed races don't require
expensive equipment. More elaborate races can involve obstacle courses,
hurdles and jumps. Any of these races can be made more difficult by adding
riders or by adding additional team members to perform a relay race.
Protective headwear is encouraged!
and Show Ponies
|The terms "Show Pony" and "Dressage Pony" are often used interchangably,
although dressage requires a rider while a show pony can just focus on
costumery. The aim of dressage is to produce a horse who can carry their
rider with balance and grace. The show pony, on the otherhand, is focused on
exhibitionism and poise.
- A show pony focuses on the fetish
and costumery aspects of ponyplay. The tack and outfits of the show pony are
usually elaborate and colorful. Ponies are often "judged" based on their
conformation (i.e., physical characteristics and grooming) and appointments
(their tack and costume). Show ponies are often taught dressage-style gaits.
- Steeple chase involves tackling a
course of artificial jumps. Almost every horse or pony can jump but not all
have the strength or the skills to do so carrying a rider. Due to the agility
and stamina required, steeple chase is a relatively rare form of human equine
play. Steeple chase courses are best attempted on your horse's shoulders.
Four-legged riding is one of the most widely practiced forms of ponyplay.
The pony is placed on their hands and knees, wearing a bit and bridle. The
rider then mounts them like a normal horse, sitting either on the hips or
lower back. In this position, the four-legged pony can be made to walk, trot,
and even rear up at the rider's whim. Four-legged riding is popular because
it most closely simulates riding a real horse, and requires little equipment.
While riding "bareback" is popular, English-style saddles, stirrups and
kneepads are common accessories.
Two-legged riding ponies stand upright, carrying their riders either on their
shoulders or in specially-designed saddles. Probably the most physically
demanding form of ponyplay, two-legged riding requires good leg strength and
a strong back to support the rider's weight. Stirrups and reins are essential
for a comfortable and safe ride. Upright riding provides the most freedom for
the rider, allowing them to take part in mounted games such as steeple chase
and polo matches.